Tinder Dates, Drake Retweets, and Sex Offenses: Seven Streakers Share Their Stories
Fans running on the field during games is nothing new. The most fortunate of us have witnessed it firsthand, among the cheering crowd. The rest have watched on TV or in web clips, as the commentators tut-tut and the cameras turn away. But what we don’t see are the moments following the crowd-pleasing tackle, once the half-clothed sprinters have been hauled off the field and play has resumed.
So to learn more about post-streak life, Extra Mustard assembled a panel of seven intrepid wall-hoppers. The group includes:
Collin Grundstrom: The 24-year-old Jefferson City, Missouri native streaked, full-on naked, at the May 24, 2012 Phillies-Cardinals game in St Louis.
Mark Harvey: Better known as “Batman”—a nod to the undies and cape he wears while running on the field—the 27-year-old debuted his shtick at an Orioles game at Camden Yards on April 6, 2012. He later followed that up with a sprint during a September 23, 2012 Patriots-Ravens game.
Yannis Carayannopoulos: A first-year college student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, Carayannapoulos, 18, interrupted the April 10, 2012 Red Sox-Blue Jays game to run across the Rogers Centre in a Speedo.
Kayleigh Hill, Emily Hill, Torrie Hill: The Hill sisters—ages 20, 19, and 17, respectively—ran on the field at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE, during UCLA’s College World Series-clinching victory over Mississippi State on June 25, 2013. Kayleigh and Torrie filmed themselves as they ran.
Christian Langford-Snape: A ski instructor from Somerset, England, now living in Norway, Langford-Snape shed his outerwear and shuffled out to center ice during the second intermission of a March 6, 2013 Sharks-Flames game in Calgary.
What prompted your dash?
Grundstrom: It was my friend’s birthday and we had plans to celebrate that night. I ended up scoring tickets to the game, so I told him, “Sorry man, I have to miss your birthday.” That’s where it started, because he said, “Well for my birthday, you need to go streaking.” At the game we were sitting there, talking about it, when I said, “You know what? I’m going to do it.”
Harvey: The first time, it was my birthday. It was opening day, the stadium was sold out, and I was like, ‘Why not knock it off my bucket list?’ When I got out of jail, the media—including Ellen Degeneres—took notice, and everyone kept asking, “Hey when are you going to do it again?” Ellen even sent me Ellen-themed underwear and a cape. I thought, “I’ve got to do it again.” The second time, at the Ravens game, I wore Ellen’s cape, but I stuck with my Batman underwear. And I figured that if I was going to get all this attention I might as well use it to raise awareness of a problem, so I wrote “Don’t be a bully; be a hero” on my chest.
Kayleigh Hill: It was a spur-of-the-moment thing. We were just joking around about it all day: “What if we did this? It’d be hilarious.” As we were discussing all these scenarios at the stadium, we finally decided to go.
Carayannopoulos: I honestly don’t know when I decided I wanted to do it. But whenever I told people, they would say, “You don’t have the balls,” which made me want to do it even more. I brought it up to my parents, and they didn’t think I was actually going to do it. So I bought tickets and asked some friends if they’d come film it. I knew all along that I wanted to write something on my chest, but wasn’t sure what. “YOLO” was really overused at the time, and my friends were like, “Hey, this is appropriate. You can show people what YOLO actually means.”
Langford-Snape: The previous sporting event I’d attended was a rugby match in England, and there were like five streakers during it. I assumed there was going to be at least one streaker at the hockey game, because I thought it was the normal thing to do, but no one did. Before I went on the rink I was in the toilet, and I was talking to some guy, and I asked if anyone had done it before. He told me about the guy that knocked himself out. Before that point, I hadn’t heard of him. When it came to the second period, and I figured, “I might as well do it.”
Was booze involved?
Grundstrom: On the way there we were drinking some beers. Had some more beer downtown, then went to the game. Had some more beer. The more drunk I got, the more I thought about it. Then it happened.
Harvey: The first time was on my birthday, so of course. We had shots. The second time, not so much. I had gone to jail after the first one, and I knew I’d likely be going back again, and being hungover in jail was terrible.
Langford-Snape: It was like a bottle of wine on the bus and two pints of Budweiser at the game.
How did you reach to the playing surface?
Grundstrom: I took off my flip-flops and gave my wallet and phone to my friend. We were about 35 rows up, and as I got down towards the field I saw a security guy and a beer vendor standing there. One guy went left and one walked past me, and I knew that was my moment. I ran and jumped and, in mid-air, took off my shorts and shirt. Then I was out there.
Torrie Hill: We were probably about nine rows up, so we were pretty close to the field. In the eighth inning, we moved to the first row. Then we started arguing about who would go first.
Kayleigh Hill: I stood up, and then Torrie jumped the fence. We were like, “Oh crap, we actually have to do this.”
Carayannopoulos: We got to the game late, in the second inning, and I was so scared I couldn’t put sentences together. My buddies were trying to talk to me, and it’s all still blurry. I remember tweeting at the end of the third inning, “I’ll go onto the field.” None of my friends back home were willing to lend me tear-away pants because they probably weren’t going to get them back. So I had taken a pair of basketball shorts, cut them in half, and taped them back together. As I walked to my seat, they were falling off. And then when I got onto the field, they wouldn’t even tear completely. I almost tripped.
Harvey: At the Orioles game, there’s a little platform out in the back that I started dancing on. I had, like, 50 $1 bills in my underwear, and I threw them out in the crowd. Then my brother told me to go, and I jumped off.
Langford-Snape: Originally I planned to get undressed in the toilets and run out, but I think someone would have grabbed me. So I walked down to the front seats and just started getting undressed. It got to a point where I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it, and then I found myself getting undressed, and I just jumped over.
Did you have a plan for your run?
Grundstrom: I just wanted to stay out there as long as I could. I knew I was going to get taken down one way or another, but I was a little intoxicated, so that wasn’t too big of a concern. I ran from right field over to left field, tried to go back to center, and that’s where I slipped.
Harvey: I intended to do some dances—it was all about entertaining the crowd. I didn’t want to put up a fight or try to get back into the stands.
Kayleigh Hill: We just started running and each did our own things. We were on the left side of the outfield, and I tried to make it to the right side. I saw, like, five security guards coming at me, and I tried to juke ‘em out.
Torrie Hill: I swooped around trying to pump the crowd up. I don’t know why. I really wanted to get them going.
Carayannoupoulos: I wanted to slide into home plate and do a cartwheel or something, but when I got onto the field, my mind was totally wiped. I forgot about everything and just ran from security. It was the longest 50 seconds of my life, the biggest adrenaline rush I’ve had by far. I passed Kevin Youkilis when I ran through the infield, and he told me to sit down because I was going to get tackled. That was fun, being that close to a player.